A group of Russian hackers known as Energetic Bear are systematically targeting hundreds of Western energy companies with malware that could disrupt power supplies, it has been claimed.
Private cybersecurity researchers say the primary motive behind the attacks appears to be industrial espionage, but the software also allows the hackers to seize control of control systems from afar.
This could allow the culprits to sabotage facilities or disrupt power supplies to homes and businesses.
The attacks have affected more than 1,000 organisations in more than 84 countries, according to researchers at CrowdStrike, and were first discovered in
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A statement from
"The majority of the victims were located in
It is understood the hackers covered their tracks by using advanced encryption techniques.
Finnish security firm
The campaign is similar to alleged cyberwarfare attacks mounted by the US and
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